Online course
Intro to Performance

Step by step through a seemingly overwhelming world of character performance.


Intro to Performance

It can feel overwhelming when it comes to animating the human form, and communicating anything specific about your character can feel frustrating at times.

These classes are designed to guide you step by step through a seemingly overwhelming world of character performance. Facial animation will be excluded and focus is placed on body language and clarity of ideas. Each homework assignment will be paired with a helpful video further explaining and demonstrating how to do it. At the beginning of each course we will talk about the previous assignment and help you, live online, so that we can all learn from each other!

Performance refers to effectively communicating an idea to the audience about what a character is thinking or doing. And no matter how complex, anything is achievable if we understand a few basic concepts:

  • Silhouette
  • Gesture
  • Transitions and Timing
  • Arcs
  • Body Structure and Believability
  • Subtlety and Exaggeration
  • Anticipation
  • Body Performance Analysis
  • Reference Tips
  • Acting Beats

The course will start simple and ease into more complex exercises to help guide you through each of these topics.

Course data

  Course duration: 3 months

  The course starts every 3 months:
June 1, September 1, December 1, March 1

  Price for Independent Studies:
3 monthly payments for the course $199 USD each
or 1 full course payment $597 USD

  Prerequisites: Basic Animation Skills

  Recommended software: Autodesk Maya

 Additional animation tutorials:
CGTarian Masters Animation Workshops

Course instructor and animation mentor Christopher Cordingley
Course mentor:
Christopher Cordingley

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Lecture previews

The best way to learn what this course is about and get an insight into it!

Keeping Your Character Connected

Lecture preview

Preparing your character for further animations. Keyframes and natural body mechanics.

Subtlety vs Exaggeration

Lecture preview

Shrug animation. Making sure all body parts of the character react according to motions of other body parts to make it look realistic.

Blocking methods

Lecture preview

Review of "pose-to-pose", "straight ahead" and "layering" blocking methods.

All that you need!

Content developed by professionals, challenging assignments and mentor's assistance is your way to success!


3 months of intense studies! Comprehensive animation course!


12 online meetings with your mentor and video reviews of your work!


More than 20 hours of video lectures and tutorials!


More than 50+ recordings of QnA sessions and video reviews available!

Reviews and QnA's

Attending QnA sessions and having your assignments reviewed by a mentor significantly increases your progress!


Video review example

Instructor's advices on posing the characters in the scene, how to make poses more realistic and stronger.

Walk cycle

QnA session example

Walk cycle overview during the online QnA session. Timing and pose advises.

Line of Action

QnA session example

Reviewing assignment during the online meeting and discussing how to make poses even stronger. What fixes could be done to enhance poses.


QnA session example

Adding some extra details and polishing final assignment.

Students' feedback

The best course and personal progress evaluation is students’ feedback.

Mauricio José María Medina Olaechea
Really good course for taking the mechanics of animation inside of a character. Chris has been precise and super clear with his feedback!
— Mauricio José María Medina Olaechea
Gabriel Fazzioni
I had a GREAT experience with this course. The mentor was extremely patient and had good teaching skills as well as awesome animation techniques in Maya.
— Gabriel Fazzioni
Hoon Heo
Best lecture I ever had..
— Hoon Heo

Full list of student feedback you will find on "CGTarian Students' Reviews & Testimonials" page.

Full list of student reviews you will find on this page "Student Reviews".


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Independent studies
Monthly payment

3 monthly payments for the course
209 USD
Simple and convenient payment schedule.
Possibility to switch to one payment schedule.

Independent studies
Single payment

One full course payment
597 USD
In case of a full payment the price is reduced by 30 USD

Attention! This course is provided at a reduced price meaning independent studies without mentor's assistance, no online meetings or video reviews of your assignments. However, recordings of QnA’s and video reviews of previous groups will be available for your reference.

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